Since joining Portland Monthly’s editorial team in 2010, Marty has covered a little of everything, including politics, beer, pop culture, tech, design, sports, video games, and history. Among his many other duties things, he writes the monthly backpage column, The Shakedown.

Born and raised in Germany as a Burmese-American—confusing, we know!—Marty arrived in Portland in 2005 after a stop in Los Angeles. He completed an MA in History at Portland State, where he got way into Derrida. When he’s not writing or editing, you can find him producing weird electronic music, cooking, or standing in the Timbers Army. 

Light a Fire

When COVID-19 Put Oregon’s Families in Deep Need, This Venture Nonprofit Changed Overnight to Help

Within days of COVID-19’s official arrival in Oregon in late winter, the Contingent sensed an urgent need for help among its foster families.

12/02/2020 By Marty Patail

Soccer

The Timbers Are in the Playoffs Again, Baby

First up: a game at home against FC Dallas on Sunday, November 22

11/21/2020 By Marty Patail

Comics

Meet Miles Morales, the New, Portland-Born Spider-Man

With help from Polygon comics editor Susan Polo, we untangle the web of Miles's complicated origin story.

11/19/2020 By Marty Patail

Food Listings

Put These New Portland Food Spots on Your Radar

Bring some delicious diversion into your life with these new eateries.

10/10/2020 By Karen Brooks, Katherine Chew Hamilton, and Marty Patail

Editor's Note

Giving Thanks for the Things We Can Still Appreciate

2020 isn’t built for gratitude. But maybe it’s possible to take a dose of the good with the bad.

10/02/2020 By Marty Patail

History

The Possums, the Police, and the Burger Barn

Looking back at the infamous 1981 incident.

09/26/2020 By Marty Patail

Wine Shrine

Transforming a Dour Portland Basement Into a Luxe Personal Wine Cellar

From beige carpets to baller status, this wine cellar upgrade is the perfect place for pandemic pinot noirs.

09/23/2020 By Marty Patail

Hot Tub Time Machine

This Major Portland Renovation Project Brings Back the Ceramic Tub

“Whereas cast-iron tubs will get cold pretty fast, these earthenware tubs hold heat for hours.”

09/23/2020 By Marty Patail

Retro Remix

How This Bethany Mansion Got a Vital Injection of Vintage Cool

A downstairs game room, a reverse conversation pit, mustard-colored sofas. We're here for all of it.

09/05/2020 By Marty Patail Photography by Dina Avila

Little Joys of Summer

Get Out of Town with These Daytime Drives

Bored at home? Take a spontaneous drive through scenic Oregon and be back in time for dinner.

08/01/2020 By Julia Silverman and Marty Patail

Little Joys of Summer

Might As Well Pick Up a Hobby This Summer

From book binding to wood burning, put these stay-at-home hours to good use and learn something new.

08/01/2020 By Marty Patail

Editor's Note

I’m a Sophomore Here at Portland Monthly, Going on Junior Year

Editor in Chief Marty Patail reflects on the magazine's shift to a quarterly publication amid coronavirus.

08/01/2020 By Marty Patail

Breaking News

Federal Law Enforcement Will Begin Leaving Portland on July 30

Governor Kate Brown announced a "phased withdrawal" of the federal officers.

07/29/2020 By Marty Patail

How We're Coping

Timbers Star Diego Valeri on Keeping Fit in Quarantine

The team captain talks about staying game-ready, his coaching license, and whether he'd consider a coaching job in Portland.

07/13/2020 By Marty Patail

May/June 2020

What Now?

The city is changed forever. Here are 33 ways Portlanders are preparing for an unknown future.

07/02/2020 Edited by Marty Patail

Music

Damian Lillard Drops New Track "Blacklist"

The NBA season may be suspended, but D.A.M.E. Dolla is laying down bars for Black Lives Matter.

06/10/2020 By Marty Patail

Editor's Note

Nothing Was the Same

Editor-in-chief Marty Patail reflects on a changing Portland

06/01/2020 By Marty Patail

What Now?

An Oregon Historian on What We Can Learn From the 1918 Flu Epidemic

“This is a historical truism for pandemics. Pausing, reflecting, obfuscating, lying, or just not being decisive is always a lot worse. Tell the truth, close ...

06/01/2020 Edited by Marty Patail

What Now?

Architect Kevin Cavenaugh Talks Coronavirus, the Future of Buildings

“Applebee’s is screwed. Olive Garden is screwed, but we’re not screwed.... The small, nimble, creative, local entrepreneurs are going to be fine.”

06/01/2020 Edited by Marty Patail

What Now?

The New, New Portland

The Portland of the future might not look like the one we thought we wanted. And maybe that's OK.

06/01/2020 By Marty Patail